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Protecting children from injury through hazard prevention

On Behalf of | Jan 12, 2021 | Personal Injury |

The curiosity and energy of children can benefit their growth, but it can also lead them to try things that could harm them. Parents who know which hazards to watch for can more effectively protect their children from an accident. 

If a child suffers an injury because of preventable negligence from another person, the child’s parents can file a lawsuit. Depending on the circumstances and whether or not a child requires substantial rehabilitation, the need for permanent support could forever change a family’s life. 

Common injuries

Injuries in children can result from tripping and falling, car accidents, abuse, choking and suffocation among other things. According to Care.com, the most common injuries include the following: 

  • Drowning 
  • Falls 
  • Burns 
  • Motor vehicle accidents 
  • Poisoning 
  • Suffocation 

Prevention of hazards that could result in a fatal accident include the use of child safety locks for cabinets containing medicine, harmful chemicals or choking hazards. People should also make sure their child always has a lifejacket when around water. When driving, children should have a car seat that works appropriately for their respective age and height specifications. 

Changing the trend

A serious injury can create life-altering consequences for children and their families. According to Stanford Children’s Health, the most common cause of fatalities in children and young adults is unintentional injuries from an accident. 

Through proactive prevention, parents can encourage their children to stay safe. If an accident does happen, parents can draw upon a variety of rehabilitation resources to develop a customized treatment plan for their child. Depending on the circumstances of an accident, parents may seek legal compensation to alleviate some of the financial strain and emotional distress as they transition to a new normal.